Move over, Katherine Webb -- another Miss Alabama is making headlines for her ties to the Crimson Tide.
In June, 20-year-old Chandler Champion was named Miss Alabama 2013, a distinction earned by Webb before she skyrocketed into the national consciousness. Now, the beauty queen plans on taking her talents to Sept. 15 Miss America competition -- and will reportedly wear a custom-made “Roll Tide” dress to support her state’s beloved college football team, AL.com reports.
Champion will wear the “Roll Tide” dress, which commemorates the University of Alabama’s 2012 National Championship victory, at the Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade on Sept. 14, AL.com reports. For Miss Alabama director Nan Teninbaum, the “Roll Tide” dress is the perfect fit for the event.
“With Chandler being a University of Alabama student and the university being the national champs for three years, we chose to do national champs,” Teninbaum told AL.com. The unique outfit is one of four dresses Champion will wear during the competition.
The “Roll Tide” dress, which was made by designer Ann Northington, will reportedly feature a black jumpsuit with a skirt stenciled with the phrase “Roll Tide,” NESN.com notes. The back of the dress will pay homage to Alabama’s 2012 National Championship win. In addition, Champion will wear a pair of Alabama-themed high heels, complete with the school’s trademark “A” logo.
Champion is no stranger to displaying a unique style. In fact, the 20-year-old college student prides herself on her divergent fashion taste. “I really like to be trendy, but I do like to march to the beat of my own drum,” she told AL.com. “I don’t go with exactly what the magazines are telling you or what different stores would promote every month, I go with what I like and I rock it.”
Want to see more of Miss Alabama 2013 Chandler Champion’s “Roll Tide” dress? AL.com has the exclusive photos of the outfit here. In addition, fans can root for Champion in the 2014 Miss America pageant, which will be held in Atlantic City on Sept. 15.